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They did it by surprising Larranaga and his staff, which had seen the Rams attacking the basket on Saturday in the victory against Drexel, and expected more of the same Sunday.

Instead, they gave an “entirely different look,” Larranaga said, led by Skeen.

He had made just 20 3-pointers all season, and had three in the first half.

“They basically had everything working for them,” Larranaga said.

The game was back and forth until Ed Nixon’s 3-pointer, one of nine in the first half for the Rams, launched them on the decisive 21-3 run. The Patriots went nearly 6 minutes without a point, and uncharacteristically turned it over on five of six possessions at one point.

The Patriots came out strong to start the second half, using an 8-1 run to close within 40-33 in less than two minutes, but the Rams came right back.

Nixon and Burgess scored on putbacks on consecutive possessions, answering baskets by the Patriots, and Skeen’s 3-pointer built their advantage back to 47-37. A free throw by Skeen and Burgess‘ 3-pointer with 14:11 to go made it 51-37, and the Rams never let up.